The La Liga clash between Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid has been suspended after power to the stadium was reportedly cut by fans, meaning the reigning Spanish champions will remain 17th in the league until at least Monday evening.
It was first reported in the Spanish media that lightening around Vallecas, Rayo Vallecano’s home ground, had forced part of the lighting and electricity to go out. Spectators were not allowed into the arena for security reasons.
Some fans of Real Madrid’s opponents may have been buoyed by the news, as Rayo means lightning in Spanish. The official cause turned out to be more mundane, however. It appeared that home fans had actually cut power to the stadium as part of a week-long boycott against ticket prices. All week, season ticket holders protested against having to pay an extra €25 to see the game.
Rayo's president, Raul Martin Presa, has called the incident sabotage. "Vandals have cut cables, we have tried to solve the problem as quickly as possible but told the stewards not to open the doors of the stadium. We will leave it to the police to find out who is responsible," said Presa.
The problem couldn’t be fixed in time and the game was postponed. It will played on Monday evening at 10 pm local time, according to Canal+.
Jose Mourinho’s charges, who recently started their Champions League campaign with a domestic win against Manchester City, haven’t faired as well in the domestic league, only winning one in four games in the La Liga, leaving them 17th.